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Simlat to Provide UAS Training Center for Finnish Defense Forces

April 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Simlat Ltd., Herzliya, Israel, was selected to provide an unmanned aerial system (UAS) training center, including its high-fidelity UAS training systems to the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF), as part of the FDF Mini UAS program. The simulation center will support the new Orbiter Mini UAS fleet, which was selected by the FDF last summer as its future UAS. The program includes the manufacturing and delivery of Orbiter Mini UAS, as well as the development of independent operational, training and maintenance capability.

UAS Studies Take Flight

January 23, 2012

The U.S. Army is planning to test a new long-endurance multi-intelligence unmanned vehicle in Afghanistan this summer. Developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation, the aircraft resembles a small blimp. It is designed to carry multiple intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) payloads for more than 21 days at altitudes of more than 22,000 feet. Other vertical take-off and landing vehicles the Army is exploring include the Boeing A160 Hummingbird. The study of innovative unmanned aerial systems (UASs) is being financed by overseas contingency operations funds. The service is looking for economical ways to replace its aging ISR platforms such as its Kiowa fleet, which includes some assets that are approximately 35 years old.

Insitu to Support ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System

May 27, 2011
By George Seffers

Insitu Incorporated, Bingen, Washington, is being awarded a more than $83 million contract for operations and maintenance services in support government-owned ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems (UAS), including:  multiple training courses ranging from system pilot training, maintenance and operations, mission coordinator and payload operator; multiple kits for sustainment, payload and engine module kits; and multiple spare parts for ScanEagle UAS.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

DCS Corporation to Support U.S. Navy Aircraft

October 22, 2010
By George Seffers

DCS Corporation, Alexandria, Virginia, is being awarded an estimated $200 million contract to provide weapons and systems integration support services to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division's integrated product teams and their associated weapons, including the F/A-18, EA-18G, AV-8B, H-1, Joint Strike Fighter, and unmanned aerial systems. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity.

Insitu to Provide ScanEagle Unmanned Planes to Poland

September 24, 2010
By George Seffers

Insitu Incorporated, Bingen, Washington, is being awarded a $7 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 10 ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems for the government of Poland. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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